NMDVS Management Staff

Working at the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services is more than just a job to those who work at the department. Every employee comes from a family with a history of military service. We are either a veteran, a child or grandchild of a veteran, or a spouse of a veteran. So we feel as if we are honoring these family members by helping their fellow veterans who request our assistance. It is this dual honor which drives us to be the best at–as our official motto states–‘Serving Those Who Served.’

Cabinet Secretary

Retired New Mexico Army National Guard Brigadier General Jack R. Fox was unanimously confirmed on January 23, 2015 by the New Mexico Senate as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services. Born and raised in Roswell, Secretary Fox is a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) and New Mexico State University. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from NMSU, he was commissioned as a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant/Infantry in 1969. While stationed at Ft. Benning, GA, he earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Georgia State University.Secretary Fox continued serving with the Army, the Army Reserves–and ultimately, the New Mexico National Guard before retiring in 1995 as a Colonel. He then began a post-military career as an educator–teaching high school in Hereford, TX, before returning home in 1999 to Roswell to serve as NMMI Commandant.

In 2004, Secretary Fox was selected as President of St. John’s Military School in Salina, KS. In 2007, he was recalled from Retired-Reserve status and commissioned full-time as Deputy Adjutant General of the New Mexico National Guard where he was tasked with the overall training and readiness of the entire Guard force.

Secretary Fox retired in 2010 at the rank of Brigadier General. He then volunteered to serve on the New Mexico State Armory Board and the New Mexico National Guard Bataan Memorial Museum Foundation.

Secretary Fox has been married for 49-years to the former Marvine Sartin of Roswell. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Secretary Jack Fox can be contacted through his Executive Assistant at (505) 827-6334.

bio_JFoxCabinet Secretary Jack R. Fox

bio_alanm2016Deputy Secretary Alan Martinez

Deputy Secretary

Alan Martinez rose through the ranks after his hiring in 1993 as a file clerk.  Alan comes from a family with a strong history of military service. His great-great grandfather Librado fought in the battle of Glorieta; his grandfather worked in a Portland, Oregon shipyard during World War II.  Several family members served in Vietnam, the Cold War, Operation Desert Storm, and in Iraq and Afghanistan.  His oldest son will enter the U.S. Marine Corps with hopes of working as a military police officer. (505) 383-2410.

Soto_SalAdministrative Services Director Salvador Soto

Administrative Services Director

Salvador ‘Sal’ Soto was hired by the NMDVS in July of 2014. Sal has an extensive background with the U.S. Armed Forces, state government, and in the private sector as a business owner. Prior to coming to the NMDVS, the native of Carlsbad worked with the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the New Mexico National Guard–where he served as the Curator for the Bataan Memorial Museum in Santa Fe. Sal retired from active duty with the Army National Guard in 2002 as a Chief Warrant Officer-5. He’s a graduate of the Army Adjutant General Advance Course and the Senior Warrant Officer Staff College. Sal’s four brothers also served in the U.S. Armed Forces. (505) 827-6303

Benefits and Services Director

Dale Movius is the State Benefits and Services Director in Santa Fe. Dale was previously the Service Officer working out of the Albuquerque NE Heights office. Prior to joining the NMDVS in April 2014, Dale was an Air Force Integrated Avionics Technician on F-111A, D, F, G, and F-15E aircraft before retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1996. His father Jack served in WWII on the USS Sawfish (SS-276) and his son Jonathan served aboard the USS Philadelphia (SSN-690). Dale is a member of the VFW, DAV, The American Legion, PVA, and ANAVICUS. (505) 827-6374

bio_DaleM2016Benefits and Services Director Dale Movius

bio_MitchellLHealthcare Coordination Program Manager Mitchell Lawrence

Healthcare Coordination Program Manager

Mitchell Lawrence is the new Healthcare Coordination Program Manager for the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services. He supervises VA, state and private veterans’ health care alliances formed with the NMDVS.

Mitchell has an extensive background in federal healthcare, having spent his military career supporting the Air Force Medical Service. The San Diego, CA native has served in senior medical positions in Europe, Central America, South America and Asia. Mitchell served in nine countries–including deployments in support of Operations Allied Force, Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Cope India, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Columbia Southern University and comes from a long family line of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have answered our nation’s call to serve’including his mother, father, sister–and five uncles; all of whom are Korean or Vietnam War veterans. (505) 383-2430

Rural Veterans’ Coordination Program Director

Edward Mendez is the Rural Veterans Coordination Program (RVCP) Director for the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services. The Albuquerque native comes to the agency from the New Mexico Department of Transportation and most recently, from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, where he assisted veterans in his role as a Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist.

Ed is a veteran of the United States Navy and has served onboard the USS Duluth (LPD-6) while stationed in San Diego, CA, and on the minesweeper USS Ardent during mine countermeasure operations in support of Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. He also worked in the Naval Recruiting District Office in Albuquerque. (505) 383-2417.

bio_EdMRVCP Director Ed Mendez

VBOC Director Richard Coffel


Veterans’ Business Outreach Center Director

Richard Coffel is the Veterans’ Business Outreach Center Director responsible for assisting veterans who want to start their own business or expand an existing operation.

(505) 383-2401


State Approving Agency Director

Marilyn Dykman came to the NMDVS in the spring of 2014 after serving as the Director of the Veterans Resource Center and VA School Certifying Official at the University of New Mexico. She is responsible for the review, evaluation, and approval of education and training programs offered by in-state colleges, universities and trade schools to veterans and eligible dependents utilizing their federal GI Veterans Education Benefit Bill. ‘Mandy’ served in the U.S. Army for eight years as a UH-1H helicopter pilot’then transferred to the Coast Guard, where she became our nation’s first female Hispanic and minority pilot, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR). She is the proud mom of a U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduate currently serving in the Coast Guard. (505) 383-2418.

bio_MandyDSAA Director Marilyn Dykman


Public Information Officer

Ray Seva joined the NMDVS in August of 2008. He earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University before working for 24-years in the television news industry as the Santa Fe Bureau Chief for KOB-TV (the New Mexico NBC affiliate based in Albuquerque) and in various positions at TV stations in California (San Jose, San Francisco, and his hometown of San Diego.)’ Ray’s father Ramon was a 20-year submariner in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer and as the USS Tunney’s last Chief of the Boat before its decommissioning after several ‘Special Operations’ missions in the Vietnam War.’ Ray’s paternal grandfather Raymundo was a WWII Philippine Scout and a Bataan Death March Survivor. (505) 362-6089